To all those caring for a companion animal during its final journey. May my story help lessen your fear and suffering. –Doug Koktavy

The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer
Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers
By Doug Koktavy
Illustrated by Chris Smith
B Brothers Press
Hardcover, 328 pages
ISBN 978-0-9821260-0-4

I’m the last person you’d expect to tell this story.

I’m no author, I grew up playing ice hockey. I’m a lawyer. I’m used to being in charge and controlling everything.

Control went out the window when my dogs got sick. It was as if every foundation I’d built my life on had collapsed. Who was I, really? Why was I feeling so guilty…and fearful? Why couldn’t I handle this? And yet, somehow, I found a way to honor my dogs as they grew sicker… and I was able to open my mind and heart to their wisdom. If I can do this, anyone can!

Was this the worst of times—or the best?

I wouldn’t change a minute of this grand adventure.

Go ahead and scoff. I know what I am talking about. The biggest and best lessons are learned when you allow yourself to remain open to them. Yes, I had to learn the hard way, but what an experience! The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer is my true story—with all it bumps and bruises, pity parties and second-guessing, tears and laughter, joy and ultimate understanding and acceptance.

The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer

  • Includes illustrations by artist Chris Smith
  • The cover image is by artist John Weiss
  • Fifty snapshots of Beezer, Boomer, Doug and his new dog, Coral, also are included
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Special Request from the B Brothers

If you know a nonprofit animal organization, please contact them and tell them about the “B Brothers Project,” a unique fundraising program in which they can earn 40% of the cover price for each Legacy book sold on their website.

Lessons in The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer include

  • Listening to our pets
  • Gaining a new perspective on our pets’ end of life care
  • Dealing with anticipatory grief
  • Conquering guilt and fear: living in the present
  • Developing a Presence Plan
  • Finding humor in the worst situations
  • Understanding our place in the circle of life

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